K-State Research and Extension News
August 02, 2012
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K-State Plans Aug. 23 Fall Field Day at Hutchinson;

Now Time to Refresh Emergency Supplies, Review Plans;

Plan for Pets in Emergencies;

Kansas Applicator Institute Set for Aug. 8-9

K-State Plans Aug. 23 Fall Field Day at Hutchinson

HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Crop growers in south central Kansas will be updated on the latest corn, sorghum and wheat information when Kansas State University hosts its Fall Field Day at the K-State Research and Extension Redd Foundation Irrigation Field near Hutchinson on Thursday, Aug. 23.

The field is located at the intersection of Kansas Highway 61 and Red Rock Road (about two miles south of Partridge on Highway 61, then 1,000 feet east on Red Rock Road). A map is available.

The field day begins at 6 p.m. and ends with a meal and beverages at 7:30 p.m. Presentations will include:

  • Wheat Planting Considerations;
  • Corn Root System Architecture and P Uptake;
  • Managing Sorghum Before Planting Wheat; and
  • Chloride on Corn and Sorghum.

More information is available by calling 785-565-3909.


Now Time to Refresh Emergency Supplies, Review Plans

MANHATTAN, Kan. – With higher-than-normal temperatures and drought in the forecast, residents in affected areas are being advised of increased risks from excessive heat and danger of fire. 

Tornado season isn’t over, either, said Mary Knapp, Kansas’ state climatologist, who explained that March through June is considered prime time for tornadoes; and, while the threat of tornadoes can be less likely in July and August when there are fewer contrasts in frontal weather systems, tornado season stretches into September and October, when weather systems become more active.

Knapp suggested August as a good time to check and rotate non-perishable foods, beverages, medications, batteries, update documents in an emergency shelter and evacuation kit, and review plans with the family and other members of the household.

More information about stocking an emergency shelter and preparing a household inventory is available at K-State Research and Extension offices throughout the state, and online or at the National Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN).

Plan for Pets in Emergencies

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Time can be critical in responding to an emergency, and that’s why it’s important to train pets to come to you in non-emergency situations, said Susan Nelson, a veterinarian and clinical associate professor in the Pet Health Center in the Veterinary Health Center at Kansas State University.

She encourages pet owners to include their pets in emergency response plans and preparations. For example, when replenishing food, water and medical supplies in a planned emergency shelter or evacuation kit, Nelson recommended including pet food, treats and water for at least three days.

She also advised making sure that a pet is wearing a collar with his or her name and owner contact information, and recommended micro-chipping a pet to provide identify and contact information if a collar is lost.

In planning emergency supplies for pets, Nelson also recommended:

* A two-week supply of veterinary medications.

* Newspapers, cat litter box and scoop, and bags for disposing of the waste.

* A few pet toys, in the event a distraction or comfort is needed.

* Bedding, and, if possible, a crate with a secure closure. 

* Extra leash and collar.

* Copy of veterinary records and pet license in a water-proof bag, and

* Photo of you with your pet.

The photo is essential because it can be used to make a poster if you should become separated from your pet, and, also, often is a means of providing proof of ownership if you should become separated from your pet, Nelson said.

More information is available from the archived webcasts of the K-State Human Animal Bond Symposium held last year or at the National Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN).

Kansas Applicator Institute Set for Aug. 8-9

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association (KARA) and Kansas Ag Research and Technology Association (KARTA) have announced the merging of their summer programs into the Kansas Applicator Institute (KAI). The Institute will be held Aug. 8-9 in Great Bend, Kan. at the Highlands Hotel and Expo fairgrounds.

The program, sponsored by K-State Research and Extension, will bring producers and industry professionals together for learning and networking opportunities. Educational sessions will focus on how both producers and retailers can work together in best utilizing precision technology in crop protection application and spraying.

Speakers will include Greg Kruger, professor with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Sam Bartee, head agronomist from Helena Chemical, BASF and Bill Bagley, agronomist with Wilbur-Ellis, among others. Program topics will cover nozzles, the future of reducing spray drift, herbicide mode of action and more.

Attend the first annual Kansas Applicator Institute on August 8-9, 2012 in Great Bend, Kansas. To register or for more information on the first annual Kansas Applicator Institute, go to Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association (KARA) or call (785) 234-0463.


K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Elaine Edwards
K-State Research & Extension News

Contributing writers: Mary Lou Peter, Nancy Peterson and Kathleen Ward